LONDON, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The government of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis refutes the false claims circulating in Caribbean media and social media with regards to the existence of any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Hazel Laws, announced on Tuesday evening that there had been no cases of COVID-19 on the twin islands.
The government condemns the dissemination of false claims as a "malicious and mischievous attempt to mislead and create heightened levels of anxiety and fear." In a statement issued earlier this week, the CMO advised Kittitians and Nevisians to rely on official sources alone, with the
Federal Ministry of Health as the "only authorised State agency for information on COVID-19."
When the first case of COVID-19 will be confirmed, Dr Hazel Laws, the government's chief technical advisor on health, will make the announcement through the office of the Prime Minister. "Very early we started working a plan — a plan to protect the people of St Kitts and Nevis and to keep you safe for as long as we could," PM Timothy Harris told residents during a town hall meeting on March 17th.
The government also reassured that "the COVID-19 Task Force continues to work tirelessly and proactively in our efforts to ensure that our country is adequately prepared for the eventual presence of COVID-19 upon our shores." Those travelling from China, Iran, Italy, Spain, the UK, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Japan will be quarantined for 14 days at the port of entry. However, the government strongly advises against coming to the islands should one have travelled from any of these destinations.
Some events had been cancelled to encourage social distancing and all staff of the St Kitts and Nevis embassies and diplomatic missions in affected areas abroad have been instructed to work from home to ensure their safety. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reassures native or economic citizens, who obtained St Kitts and Nevis through its Citizenship by Investment Programme, that they can still contact respective missions by phone or email, as listed on www.foreign.gov.kn.
SOURCE CS Global Partners